Work begins on new 44 acre Leafbridge commercial development

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Stirlin Developments has announced the commencement of site preparation works at the 44-acre Leafbridge site in North Hykeham.

This follows application approval from North Kesteven District Council on July 27.

Leafbridge, a 44 acre development off Station Road, will be a new place of enterprise, with commercial space available for both local firms and national operators who want a presence in Lincoln.

Stirlin acquired the Leafbridge site in 2013 with outline planning consent granted in 2017 on 22 acres, offering up to 300,000 sq ft of employment space.

Artists’ impression of serviced offices on the site

It is estimated that the new development will support around 400 jobs in the city and could create around 200 new roles.

The project will be delivered by a number of partners, many of which are local to the East Midlands, including John Roberts Architects, Globe Consulting, O’Boyle Civil Engineering, Steve Gilman Design, Lumax Engineering, Lucas Machinery, Aeroscape, Minster Surfacing, Delta-Simons and Pygott & Crone.

Paul Wheatley, senior project manager at Stirlin Developments, said: “We are really excited to see the hard work we have put in over the last few years start to come to fruition as our Leafbridge project moves into the implementation phase.

Leafbridge project partners gather on site in North Hykeham

“Our vision for Leafbridge is to create a new place of enterprise in the city to support Lincolnshire’s growing economy and there’s no doubt the site has that potential.

“The next stage of the works will now begin, and over the next 12 to 18 months we are going to see the park’s landscape transformed, building on its inherent natural beauty.

Artists’ impression of the site

“We’re currently in talks with a number of businesses interested in taking space on the site which, long-term will develop a community comprising of vibrant and innovative office and industrial users who value the opportunity to occupy modern premises within a green environment.”

Councillor Colin Davie, executive member for economy and place at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This is an exciting project on a brownfield site that demonstrates not only Stirlin’s level of ambition, but Lincoln’s attractiveness to developers.”

The first six acres of the development is expected to be available for occupancy by the end of 2019, with the full site completed over multiple building phases.